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America’s Next Top Model: How do fans contribute to the decline of their favorite TV shows? Popular TV shows can rapidly lose much of their audience. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, the most devoted fans of popular TV shows could actually be contributing to their decline. “We explored a brand that was once a global powerhouse with syndication in more than 100 countries. ANTM was well [...]The post America’s Next Top Model: How do fans contribute to the decline of their favorite TV shows? appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Men tend to be more narcissistic than women With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than women. Forthcoming in the journal Psychological Bulletin, the study compiled 31 years of narcissism research and found that men consistently scored higher in [...]The post Study: Men tend to be more narcissistic than women appeared first on PsyPost.
Time management: Why we feel busier when close to reaching a goal Is there any worse time to be interrupted than right now? Regardless of what we’re doing or the nature of the interruption, we often feel as if we have no time to spare at the moment. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers feel busier when they are close to [...]The post Time management: Why we feel busier when close to reaching a goal appeared first on PsyPost.
Deciding on a purchase: Does it matter if you look up or down while shopping? Next time you look up at a higher shelf in a store or down at your phone when making a purchase, think about how the direction you are looking could influence your decision. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers choose different products when looking up versus down. “Consumers may [...]The post Deciding on a purchase: Does it matter if you look up or down while shopping? appeared first on PsyPost.
Marriage more likely to end in divorce when wives get sick Countless couples have recited the words, ‘in sickness and in health’ on their wedding day with the intention of honoring those vows. But as it turns out, that may be easier said than done. A new Iowa State University study analyzed the divorce rate for couples in which either spouse was diagnosed with a serious [...]The post Marriage more likely to end in divorce when wives get sick appeared first on PsyPost.
Strong genetic risk factor for MS discovered in family of five affected siblings Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have identified a genetic variation that in women significantly increases their risk of developing multiple sclerosis. The variant occurs almost twice as often among women with MS as in women without the disease, making it “one of the strongest genetic risk factors for MS discovered to date,” [...]The post Strong genetic risk factor for MS discovered in family of five affected siblings appeared first on PsyPost.
When “Don’t Take It Personally!” Isn’t Helpful “It’s not personal” What is it about these three words that is so maddening? As long as people have to interact with each other, there will be hurt feelings. Decisions that don’t go someone’s way, or boundaries disappoint. It’s just the way that it is: not everyone can get their...
The Case for Worrying ‘Alone’ Can sharing your worries with a friend help you problem-solve and be more productive? Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell recently wrote a book in which he explains that working out your worries with a friend could help eliminate distractions in life. “Worrying alone does not have to be toxic, but it tends...
Michelle Obama promotes awareness of mental health care The first lady asserts that mental health care is not just a policy and budget issue for America, but also a cultural issue.
Using fruit flies to understand how we sense hot and cold Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is known about how our brain processes temperature information. Scientists now have discovered how a fruit fly's brain represents temperature, mapping it neuron by neuron, which has implications for understanding the much more complex human brain and how it responds to sensory stimuli. The work represents the first comprehensive mapping of the brain circuit that processes temperature information in any animal.
Negative Emotions, Anyone? In a recent post Todd claimed that intentionally creating or prolonging negative emotions/states may be healthy; I present a counterpoint.
What Is A Soulful Person If there is a soul, what is that really? The term “soul” is usually monopolized by religions and implies an existence after death. In psychology, we use the word “Self”, that what we identify with as a whole. But are they different from each other, or do they mean one and the...
Mechanism behind most common form of inherited Alzheimer's disease revealed For the first time, a study reveals exactly how mutations associated with the most common form of inherited Alzheimer's disease produce the disorder's devastating effects. The paper upends conventional thinking about the effects of Alzheimer's-associated mutations in the presenilin genes and provides an explanation for the failure of drugs designed to block presenilin activity.
Mental health soon after war-zone concussions predicts disability Evaluating military personnel with blast-related mild traumatic brain injuries, researchers have found that early symptoms of post-traumatic stress, such as anxiety, emotional numbness, flashbacks and irritability, are the strongest predictors of later disability. The results were surprising because mental health more closely correlated with disability than assessments typically made after concussions, such as tests of memory, thinking, balance, coordination and severity of headaches and dizziness, according to the study.
Should Unmarried Couples Seek Counseling? 1. Many psychological professionals advocate marriage counseling. Should unmarried couples seek counseling as well? If so, why? Here are five reasons to why unmarried couples should seek counseling: A) Strengthen Communication Skills: Being able to effectively listen, truly hear and validate the other’s position is a skill that isn’t necessarily...
Don’t Give Up. Don’t Ever Give Up. When a cancer-ridden Jimmy Valvano told the world, "Don't give up; don't ever give up" at his famous ESPY speech of 1993, he had a tremendously important message for all of us. When failure and rejection strike in your life, don't retreat - Jim Valvano never did. Instead, look failure and rejection in the eye, and use these experiences to energize your future successes.
Could Narcissism Be Getting a Bad Rap After All? While living in a Facebook, celebrity driven, reality show, and selfie environment, how can we not become more narcissistic? Ultimately, we have to learn to balance and manage our narcissistic tendencies in a way that considers the needs and rights of others. Easier said than done but we must do so to live in a better world for all of us.
Getting Rid of Your Feelings: Does It Help? Because feelings can be so overwhelming, we often have the misconception that the best way to deal with them is to get rid of them. We imagine that life would be so much easier if we could just shut them down entirely and for good.
How to Mindfully Navigate Technology in Today’s Wired World In 2012, writer Christina Crook gave up the Internet for 31 days. She disabled data on her smartphone and turned off email. She documented her “Internet fast” by writing a letter a day (by hand or using a typewriter) and mailing it to a friend. Her friend would then scan...
Obesity is associated with brain's neurotransmitters Researchers have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of brain's opioid system, which is intimately involved in generating pleasurable sensations. The researchers found that obesity was associated with significantly lowered number of opioid receptors in the brain. However, no changes were observed in the dopamine neurotransmitter system, which regulates motivational aspects of eating.